During the regular season, details on player injuries are now reported on a seemingly minute-to-minute schedule. Information is less readily available through March. But as teams get closer to free agency, the draft, and post-draft mini-camps, new details emerge.
Players must make final decisions on surgical interventions to give themselves enough time to finish rehab before the end of training camp. Coaches and players are more readily available for questions at the scouting combine, the draft, and mini-camps. And the decisions front offices and coaching staffs make in free agency and the draft sometimes hint at where teams believe their injured veterans may be in their recovery.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be reviewing player injuries by position. I'll examine critical or confusing situations in depth. Expectations on all relevant injuries will be included in a table at the end of each article.
I'll keep each feature up-to-date through OTAs and minicamps, then combine all positions into one feature as training camps and the regular season approach.
Tight End update
Travis Kelce | ankle surgery | Late February 2019 | probable for training camp
Kelce reportedly had a "clean up" procedure in February. Details on Kelce's condition and decision to have surgery have not been reported but it's common for players to address nagging injuries in the offseason. Kelce was allowed to weight bear without a walking boot in early April. He's been working on range of motion and strengthening exercises but will not be cleared for offseason workouts. He'll have over three months of rehab time prior to the beginning of training camp and there are no known concerns thus far. The Chiefs expect Kelce to be ready for camp. Unless he's unable to pass his pre-camp physical examination, Kelce should be on the active roster and ready to condition for the regular season.
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